JIRA Issue

[#XCI-671] Coordinate CVMFS support on XSEDE SP resources

[XCI-671] Coordinate CVMFS support on XSEDE SP resources Created: 10/24/2019  Updated: 12/20/2019

Status: Proposed
Project: XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration
Component/s: None
Fix Version/s: PY9 (Sep '19 - Aug '20)

Type: XCI New Capability Priority: Normal
Reporter: Lee Liming Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0

XSEDE Priority: 3.7 UREP
XSEDE Areas:
RACD Data, RACD Execution
Use Case Priority: Medium
Public activity link: https://software.xsede.org/display/xci-671
Devel Repository:
Use Cases:
RC-08: Access a repository of files from a compute resource administered by a service provider
Effort and Costs:
Staff Name (Lastname, Firstname) Effort (person weeks) Roles or Contributions Status
<Activity Lead Name – Last, First> 6 six weeks of effort to lead and implement the activity (required) none
<User Doc Drafter – Last, First> 0.2 one day of effort to draft user documentation (required ) none
TBD (tester) 1 one week of effort to test the software none
... ... .. none
Due by Activity Deliverable
DSR Design document*
TRR Implemented Software Capability
TRR Other type of deliverable
TRR Deployment plan*
TRR Test plan*
TRR User documentation*
TRR (post) TRR Baseline* (Shava)
Deployment Deployment Baseline* (Shava)
Deployment Test Report* (Shava)
  • Click on "Deliverables" tab for URL.
Lead Tester: Shava Smallen Shava Smallen


CVMFS is a scalable remote filesystem service that provides read-only access to remotely hosted filesystems. It is used in the Open Science Grid, Compute Canada, and Galaxy communities.

Several XSEDE SPs already support use of CVMFS on their resources, including PSC's Bridges, TACC's Stampede2, and Indiana University & TACC's Jetstream.

We need a coordination mechanism for CVMFS analogous to how we coordinate other common XSEDE features, such as SSH login services, Globus, and the common user environment. Features of the coordination mechanism should include:

  • An XSEDE deployment plan with associated design & security review
  • Documentation for SP administrators to help them deploy CVMFS within the XSEDE environment
  • Registration of CVMFS availability in the XSEDE software & services registry
  • Notice of the option of deploying CVMFS on the XSEDE SP dashboard
  • User documentation on the XSEDE website